Industry Profile: Bobby Rossi

— Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Bobby Rossi has been the entertainment director at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Fla., since 1996 after an eight-year stint at West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Fantasma Productions where he was a production manager and agent for this firm which promoted in clubs, colleges, fairgrounds, theatres, arenas and stadiums.

While getting started in the entertainment industry, Bobby led a double life. By day, he taught high school English, by night, he wrote concert and record reviews. "It kept me in the loop with the promoters around Florida," Bobby explains, "and led to an interview with Fantasma, which eventually got the ball rolling into a full-time gig. Jon Stoll, who owns Fantasma, offered me a job to move to West Palm Beach and run the historic Carefree Theatre, a 750-seat venue attached to their offices. It played art and foreign films as well as doing a few concerts a month. I would work at the Fantasma office all day and just be a sponge to whatever I could watch, listen to or learn. It was an amazing experience. Rock 'N' Roll 101. And at night I'd manage the theater."

Recalling those early years, Bobby notes, "We had such an amazing staff. People like John Valentino, who's been there close to 25 years; Colleen McGarr was my office roomie. She is the Queen of Comedy and headed up and booked the Comedy Corners which Fantasma owned in Tampa and West Palm Beach; Henry Rosquette, who's been Jimmy Buffett's tour accountant for some time now, was a promoter rep; Steve Peck and Scott Gartner are two of the best agents in the country and always were there to help. It was definitely a family even though we were all coming and going in a million directions.

"For a small operation of about 15 or 20, it was just incredible how many events the company churned out: Concerts, trade shows, festivals, comedy tours…" he continued. "Everyday was something new, and it seemed like if you wanted to get involved with a project, you could. And that was really wonderful. We did 600 hundred events a year. In my days at The Carefree Theatre, we broke a lot of artists in the 750-seat house who went on to great careers as they moved into bigger venues. We promoted Harry Connick, Jr., Sam Kinison, Kenny G, Basia, Pat Metheny, B.B. King and many others at the Carefree. We promoted from small venues like The Carefree to huge arena dates with Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Janet Jackson, Sting and hundreds of others as well as tremendous stadium experiences like The Eagles-Hell Freezes Over Tour at the Orange Bowl in Miami."

"It was really like a Willy Wonka feeling for me. Incredibly talented people with child-like spirits who loved the entertainment business, all under one roof! It was an infectious environment, and I'll never forget those eight years (1988-95)."

In 1996, Bobby received an offer he could not refuse - the opportunity to book Ruth Eckerd Hall, which was nominated for Theatre of the Year this year by the readers of Pollstar magazine. For the past three years he also has been president of the Florida Professional Presenters Consortium.

Is there a real difference for you in promoting concerts at Fantasma and putting shows on at Ruth Eckerd Hall?
Well, Fantasma is an independent promotion firm owned by Jon Stoll. Ruth Eckerd Hall is a multi-venue, performing arts complex which among other things, promotes 125-150 events a year and has over 8,500 members who loyally support the theater's events. We are promoters in the sense that we offer concerts, Broadway, dance events, jazz, classical and more and take a financial risk as part of that but there's also the fact that we are a performing arts center with an obligation to present all kinds of events for the community and our members. Certain shows that Jon Stoll or other promoters would pass on because of lack of promotion time, artist fees, etc., we may take a chance on because of our commitment to presenting without as much concern about how much we can make doing it. I'm not saying we do shows to lose money. But some shows with a smaller profit margin can be the talk of the town, and while people are here at one show they could be buying tickets for other Ruth Eckerd Hall shows coming down the pike. We hope coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall is an experience and not just about the event they are attending. We, along with many of the other Florida Presenters, co-promote a lot of shows with Fantasma and Clear Channel, and it's a win-win for both sides.

Do you miss the venue and act variety at Fantasma?
I don't think there's a venue in the country that does as much variety as Ruth Eckerd Hall. I'm looking at a print ad we have coming up with three nights of Steve & Eydie, followed by Lynyrd Skynyrd, a matinee with Marcel Marceau and we just added Sheryl Crow and Crosby, Stills and Nash and Ben Harper. We did a lot of cool stuff at Fantasma but never this kind of variety. Sometimes we do three different events on the same stage in one day.

How competitive are the numerous Florida theaters and PACs?
I would say there is competition in markets where there is more than one PAC in the same community. But there's enough to go around. We all have our specialties whether it's Broadway or concerts or classical or mix of other events. But don't get me wrong, if all the venues are open and there's a Norah Jones avail, don't think we all won't fight like cats and dogs for it. However, on most of the established artists there's a long history with the certain PACs and if the shows still continue to do well for that artist, then why change venues? Loyalty is very important to me.

What is the Florida Professional Presenters Consortium?
We are 58 strong and without a doubt we are collectively Florida's largest promoter. Most of us are promoting 125-150 dates a year. We do four meetings a year and some are tied into other conferences and we have real meetings, and aren't afraid to hold anything back. We mention the good artists, the bad artists, crappy deals, great deals, we try and all route together and pay close to the same artist fees. We block book sound around the state. We block musicians if an artist needs local players, etc. It's all about awareness and information. We, as the FPPC, are a truly viable source for routing dates. Last month the Righteous Brothers came through Florida PACs and played nine different venues on public dates in 10 days and none of them affected each other's shows. We also keep aware of statewide issues regarding taxes or grants. We compare rates on insurance and ASCAP/BMI/SESAC to see if we could collectively get a better deal a bigger group, etc.

The theaters are all beautiful and are not far from one another geographically, so the routing is easy for the agents. In a perfect situation, we don't like to wait around for an anchor date to surround. We'd rather throw the agent six routed dates and say, "Here's the run, it's all done." Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but you have to be aggressive.

What kind of renovation is Ruth Eckerd Hall currently undergoing?
We are in the midst of an amazing $22 million dollar expansion project that is being done in two phases. The first phase was completed in early February that marked the completion of our Education Institute, complete with a 200-seat black box theater and studios for dance, music, theater training, classrooms and more. This will also be the home of Eckerd Theatre Company, our in-house touring entity that travels the country's performing arts centers with original productions.

Phase II is currently underway and will shut us down from mid-May through Halloween as we install a permanent sound system, all new seating, new dressing rooms and catering areas, a huge grand concourse for the new lobby, dozens more bathrooms, etc. The seating will remain at 2,173 and we'll reopen for our 20th anniversary season in November with a week of "Miss Saigon" and six Jerry Seinfeld shows.

First industry job
In 1986, I was 22 years old and teaching high school English by day and writing concert and record reviews at night for a Tampa Bay rag called Music magazine, which later became Creative Loafing, and is now the Weekly Planet.

Career highlights
I just started my 16th year in the business - eight years at Fantasma as a promoter rep and agent, and I just finished my seventh here at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater as Director of Entertainment. Fifteen years in any business you love is a highlight.

Greatest challenge
At Ruth Eckerd Hall we present about 135 events a year. The greatest challenge for me booking a 2,200-seat theater is being able to try and juggle Broadway, comedy, opera, dance and everything else while still trying to keep dates open for all the rock and pop shows that come in on 60 days notice or less. It's not hard to fill the calendar with events. The challenge comes in the ability to turn down events in the anticipation of the great shows that could come down the pike. We've been very successful so far in making that risk work. Sometimes we have a few Saturday night's open but big deal.... I'll trade an Allman Brothers show on a Monday night for that anytime!

Best business decision
As much as I hated to leave Fantasma, I know that accepting the offer to program Ruth Eckerd Hall was the right decision. I wanted to learn more about booking the other genres of the business and not be on the road so much. I was on the road all over the country covering shows with Fantasma, which was a priceless experience, although sometimes exhausting. My wife and I had talked about one day settling over here on Florida's Gulf Coast and starting a family. Like magic, along came this offer and I have the best of both worlds - all the joys of being in the concert industry and no travel.

Best advice you received
Being able to work side by side with John Valentino all these years has been priceless. He taught me from early on that you could be a nice guy and still be successful in this sometimes unfriendly business. I've tried to carry that philosophy with me wherever I go.

Best advice to offer
Don't let your dreams stop just because you wake up in the morning.

Most memorable industry experience
The dozens of shows with Frank Sinatra throughout the early '90's. We would promote him for full weeks at the same venue so he sort of got to know you by Wednesday or Thursday night. By Saturday he was calling me "Kid" and pinching my cheek. I have so many amazing stories and fond memories of those days. Those were shows where you had to wear a coat and tie, and the characters and other celebrities and athletes that would come out to his shows read like a who's who. No other show had that kind of vibe. I was in my 20's and hanging in Sinatra's dressing room with the guys. I don't remember my SAT test preparing me for that.

The second best experience had to be the four sold out nights of Van Morrison we did here at Ruth Eckerd in the Spring of '97. We had no contract with the guy. He was coming on vacation and wanted to work a little bit. One show turned into two, then three and finally four. He was outstanding and a pleasure to work with. We gave him a plaque for the fastest sellouts and highest grossing shows in the venues history. We worked with Ron Delsener at Delsener/Slater and John McDonald at Cellar Door on that one. It was almost like religion. The fans were so gracious. People came from all over the country. It really put Ruth Eckerd Hall on the map for rock shows after that and made my job a lot easier.

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
Despite all the anticipation, the Yankees opted for another shortstop. Just kidding of course. Derek Jeter actually beat me out for the Yankees starting shortstop spot ... just kidding. Through all the craziness and travel, I managed to write a screenplay called "Almost Home," which is a romantic comedy. I have an agent in L.A. who's shopping it around. I just finished the third draft. The original title was "The Girl Next Door" but Garry Marshall, the wonderful producer, told me to change the title because, as he said, "I think there's some porn movie on HBO with that name." So I changed it to "Almost Home," which is a great Mary Chapin Carpenter song that has nothing to do with the movie, but I told her that if the script ever gets sold, I'd try and get the song in the film. I also still play lots of softball and paint, and I've been taking piano lessons since last summer. I'm hoping to play "Jingle Bells" for the kids this year.

Industry pet peeve
Ridiculous artist fees, lack of loyalty, countless lies, ticket scalpers, astronomical ticket prices, awful promo shots and ad mats that we have to buy, artists who won't do phoners ... must I go on. It's starting to taint my love for the business.

Office paraphernalia
Aside from countless photos of my wife Patricia and our boys, Jackson, 3 ½ and Harrison, 2, it's pretty much a Yankees shrine. I love the Yankees. I was born in the Bronx and grew up on Long Island. This is their spring training home and a lot of the guys live around here all year and come to shows. George Steinbrenner is here a lot. Joe Torre was in the other night with his wife and daughter at "Cinderella", Jorge Posada came to Seinfeld, Wade Boggs was just here for Chicago and David Wells comes to everything he can and the bands love him because he brings them all sorts of Yankees swag.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
...home writing my next screenplay; playing ball with the boys and hanging with my wife watching the beautiful Florida sunset.

Industry mentor
I think along the way I've tried to be a good listener and learn from everyone, but without a doubt the guy who stands out as my mentor would be John Valentino. Better known to the world as JV, he has been instrumental in every facet of my career. He's just so even-keeled and levelheaded and so respected by his peers. I know he was very much a part of getting me into Fantasma back in '87. He really took me under his wing and pushed hard for me when it came time to advance up the ladder. He remains like a brother to me and, we get to work and hang out together all the time. We've had so many laughs in this crazy business.

Bobby can be reached at: 727-712-2709; e-mail: bobby@rutheckerdhall.net

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Brett Hyman, Category 5 Entertainment 07/23/04
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 08/17/01
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 05/28/14
Doug Isaac, Super Bowl Concert Series Producer (EXI) 08/24/01
David Israelite, National Music Publishers' Association 11/29/08
Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson Productions 02/06/13
Jay Jacobs, Parc Landon 09/21/07
Larry Jacobson, World Audience 09/17/04
Audra Jaeger, The Management Trust 05/09/03
Ralph James, The Agency Group 01/31/11
Jeffrey Jampol, Jampol Artist Management 07/18/12
Jean Michel Jarre, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) 06/19/13
Michael Jaworek, The Birchmere 05/08/09
Peter Jesperson, New West Records 11/03/06
John Jeter, The Handlebar 08/15/12
Mike Johnson, Groundrush Media 02/17/06
Mike Gormley & Jolene Pellant, Yes, Dear Entertainment 04/23/10
Susan Joseph, Justice Entertainment Group 02/21/11
Darren Julien, Julien's Auctions 10/25/10
Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Guitars 09/28/10
Justin Kalifowitz, Downtown Publishing 04/20/17
Leonard Kalikow, Music Business Reference, Inc. 06/26/08
Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records 03/20/09
Steve Kane, Warner Music Canada 02/09/17
Danny Kapilian, Independent Producer 07/12/02
Mike Kappus, The Rosebud Agency 10/26/09
Andy Kaufman, Birdland 05/17/02
Wendy Kay, Mars Talent Agency 03/09/01
Lucas Keller, The Collective 03/22/11
Marty Kern, Clemson University 07/07/01
Carlos Keyes, Red Entertainment 10/08/04
Golnar Khosrowshahi, Reservoir Media Management 10/24/12
Martin Kierszenbaum, Interscope/Cherrytree Records 09/06/09
Barney Kilpatrick, Rattlesby Records 10/28/05
John Kinsner, The Walnut Room 03/28/08
Doug Kirby, LiveTourArtists 10/24/03
Steve Kirsner, Compaq Center 06/29/01
JoAnne Klabin, Sweet Relief 03/21/03
Andrew Klein, Revolution Marketing 11/05/04
Larry Klein, Producer, bassist, songwriter 03/13/12
Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz 04/25/08
Ann Kline, Casa Kline 09/04/14
Brian Knaff, Talent Buyers Network 09/29/01
Kymberlee Knight, IEBA 11/16/00
Mike Kociela, 360 Productions 05/30/08
Stefan Kohlmeyer, Bach Technology 02/08/10
Lily Kohn, Microsoft Corporation 02/14/11
Tim Kolleth, Alligator Records 01/25/08
Al Kooper, Musician/songwriter/producer/author 02/06/14
Mitchell Koulouris, Digital Musicworks International, Inc. 02/11/05
Mark Krantz, John Schreiber Group 06/15/01
Jeff Krasno, Velour Music Group 11/19/07
Jeffrey Kruger, The Kruger Organisation 01/25/02
Harvey Kubernik, Author/historian/music journalist 08/20/15
Ted Kurland, Ted Kurland Associates 01/15/01
Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Artist Management 08/23/11
Carianne Laguna, Blackheart Records 03/07/08
Brady Lahr, Kufala Recordings 04/30/04
Ernie Lake, EL Records 01/19/07
Roks Lam, Wolfman Jack Entertainment 12/17/04
Anni Lam, Parc Landon 06/29/07
Gary Lane, CenterLane Attractions 10/14/05
Tom LaPenna, Lucky Man Productions 09/10/04
Camilo Lara, EMI Music Mexico/MIS 08/10/07
Gary Lashinsky, Lipizzaner Tours 05/13/05
Gregg Latterman, Aware Records 12/13/02
Tony Laurenson, Eat to the Beat 02/27/04
Emily Lazar, The Lodge 10/15/15
Bill Leabody, Leabody Systems 06/10/05
Peter Leak, 24-7 Worldwide Management 03/28/12
Steve Leeds, SR. VP/Promotion/Rock Formats at Virgin Records 07/26/02
Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter 11/14/08
Carl Leighton-Pope, Leighton-Pope Organisation 07/05/09
Steve Lemon, Live 4 Live, Inc. 12/06/02
Randy Lennox, Universal Music Canada 06/24/15
Simma Levine, Disson Furst and Partners 11/10/00
Andy Levine, Sixthman 06/08/07
Rich Levy, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties 06/25/04
Eddie Levy, Chelsea Music Publishing 07/24/14
Myles Lewis, Denise Rich Songs 12/20/10
Adam Lewis, Planetary Group 01/20/16
Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits 03/14/11
Justine Liddelow, Stage and Screen Travel Services 08/31/11
Jim Lidestri, Border City Media 09/03/15
Larry Lieberman, 4EverWild 03/28/03
Eric Lilavois, Crown City Studios, and London Bridge Studio 12/10/14
Miriam Linna, Norton Records 05/18/17
Marc Lipkin, Alligator Records 03/05/05
Tommy LiPuma (Part 1), Verve Records 11/08/10
Tommy LiPuma (Part 2), Verve Records 11/15/10
Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud 10/04/10
Andy Lo Russo, The Singing Chef 12/16/05
Phil Lobel, Lobeline Communications 08/13/04
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 01/21/05
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 05/17/10
Julie Lokin, New Audiences 03/23/01
Dave Lory, Artemis Records 03/30/02
Max Loubiere, Tour Director 04/11/12
Mark Lourie, Skyline Music 03/08/02
Dave Lucas, Live-360 04/28/06
Joe Lucchese, EventJoe 02/23/07
Kevin Lyman, 4 fini 03/30/01
Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour 05/23/12
Bubba Mac, 09/14/07
David Macias, Emergent Music Marketing 06/17/05
Kristen Madsen, Grammy Foundation and MusiCares 11/22/10
Larry Magid, Larry Magid Entertainment 05/04/10
Peter Malkin, PM Management 02/07/03
Toby Mamis, Alive Enterprises 02/12/01
Billy Mann, Green & Bloom | Topl1ne, Manncom 09/18/14
Tasea Margeolas, Multi Entertainment 06/23/06
Tony Margherita, dBpm Records 09/06/11
Bob Roux & Mark Campana, Live Nation 12/20/11
Lee Marshall, Magic Arts & Entertainment 09/13/02
Zach Martin, Radio Producer at New York's WAXQ-FM 08/30/02
Mario Martin, Gorgeous PR 04/27/07
Molly Martinez, Ticket Summit 2008 05/23/08
Paul Mascioli, Mascioli Entertainment 01/14/05
Michael Maska, Big Hassle 01/28/05
Ted Mason, Mi-5 Recordings 11/16/01
Steve Masur, Masur & Associates, LLC 11/21/03
Pam Matthews, The Ryman Auditorium 04/08/05
Terry McBride, Nettwerk Music Group 03/01/10
Michael McCarty, ole 06/20/11
Jim McDonald, McDonald Group 12/19/03
Virginia McEnerney, HeadCount 11/26/07
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment 06/14/10
Camilla McGuinn, Tour Manager 08/24/07
Andy McLean, North By Northeast (NXNE) 04/01/05
Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead historian/publicist 09/06/02
Garry McQuinn, Back Row Productions 06/14/11
Ruthann McTyre, The Rita Benton Music Library; and president of the Music Library Association 08/31/10
Dick McVey, Musician's Referral Service 10/27/07
Katherine McVicker, Music Works International 01/08/15
John Meglen, Concerts West/AEG Live 02/21/13
Mark Meharry, Music Glue 05/28/15
Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV Music Publishing 09/17/15
Dan Melnick, Festival Productions, Inc. 02/22/02
André Ménard, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 06/12/09
Bob Merlis, Merlis For Hire/Memphis International Records 01/16/04
Doug Merrick, Cumberland Talent Agency and Merrick Music Group 07/21/06
Louis Messina, The Messina Group 10/22/04
Louis Messina, The Messina Group/AEG Live 07/17/09
Louis Jay Meyers, North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance 03/30/07
Louis Jay Meyers, Folk Alliance International 01/23/09
Todd Miller, House Of Blues - New Orleans 11/14/03
Jeff Miller, Fantasma Productions 03/16/07
Ben Miller, Rock Ridge Music 11/02/07
J. B. Miller, Empire Entertainment 08/22/08
Richard Mills, S.L. Feldman 11/02/09
Marty Monson, Barbershop Harmony Society 07/07/16
Linda Moran, Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) 04/05/09
Jesse Morreale, Nobody In Particular Presents (NIPP) 09/20/02
Chuck Morris, Live Rocky Mountains 09/28/09
Mo Morrison, Independent production 05/24/02
Kevin Morrow, Steel Wool Entertainment 01/25/17
Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records 11/30/07
Jim Musselman, Appleseed Recordings 04/14/06
Natalia Nastaskin, United Talent Agency 04/13/16
Marc Nathan, Flagship Records 07/01/05
David Neilon, Rising Star Promotions 11/30/01
Don Neuen, Star Coaches Inc. 10/10/12
Dennis Newhall, DIG Music 10/07/05
John Nittolo, John Nittolo Productions 04/13/07
Ian Noble, Metropolitan Talent 05/23/03
Fabricio Nobre, A Construtora Música e Cultura 05/04/17
Josh Norek, JN Media, LLC 07/05/02
David Norman, Tour Manager 04/20/07
Mimi Northcott, Canadian Recording Services (CRS) 04/11/08
Bill Nowlin, Rounder Records 01/05/07
John Nugent, NY JAM Inc. 11/08/02
Andy Nulman, Just For Laughs 11/20/13
Sal Nunziato, NYCD 06/01/01
Bob O'Neal, Ryman Auditorium 06/28/02
Andrea Orbeck, Prehab Health and Fitness 03/15/10
Heather Orser, Toad's Place 01/29/01
Janet Oseroff, MultiMediaProperties 11/18/05
Marc Ostrow, Boosey & Hawkes 12/05/08
Riley O’Connor, Live Nation Canada 07/24/09
Jeremy Palmer, Buddy Lee Attractions 11/02/01
John Palmer, Megawave Records 08/31/07
Panos Panay, Sonicbids 12/23/05
Julien Paquin, Paquin Artists Agency 04/30/14
Graham Parker, WQXR-FM 11/26/14
Crispin Parry, British Underground 02/24/08
Donald Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 04/09/10
Donald S. Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 01/06/16
Bruce Patron, Overland Entertainment 07/28/06
Alexandra Patsavas, Chop Shop Music 09/27/11
Cheryl Pawelski, Omnivore Entertainment Group 09/26/13
Kerry Peace, Alligator Records 08/18/06
Eric Peltoniemi, Red House Records 12/14/09
Scott Perry, Sperry Media 03/11/05
Lawrence Peryer, Jr., 23 Omnimedia 11/07/08
John Peters, MassConcerts 06/07/11
Holger Petersen, Stony Plain Records 04/15/05
Jon Phillips, Silverback Professional Artist Mgmt/Controlled Substance Sound 08/29/08
Dave Pichilingi, Sound City 03/30/16
Vince Pileggi, Music Inc./Music Inc. Sounds 12/01/06
Eric Pirritt, Endit! Presents / The Fox Theatre 10/17/03
Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy 02/08/11
Louis Posen, Hopeless Records 04/04/11
Stephen Posen, Estate of Glenn Gould 01/23/13
Nadia Prescher, Madison House 06/20/03
Jeff Price, TuneCore 02/28/11
Tom Principato, Powerhouse Records 02/01/08
Roger Probert, Core Records 12/08/06
John "Grinder" Procaccini, JP Squared (JP2) 01/17/03
Mark Pucci, Independent Music Publicist 09/09/05
David Pullman, The Pullman Group 11/03/00
Rod Quinton, Saigon Sound System 04/18/11
Dolphus Ramseur, Ramseur Records 10/19/07
Jack Randall, Ted Kurland Associates 04/05/02
Jack Randall, The Kurland Agency 03/08/17
Debra Rathwell, AEG Live 05/03/13
Jeff Ravitz, Visual Terrain 02/08/08
Paul Reed, Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) 06/14/17
Rich Rees, M.P.I. Talent Agency 09/19/08
John Reese, Freeze Artist Management 08/01/08
Bill Reeves, WRIII, Inc. 10/20/06
Stephen Rehage, Rehage Entertainment 07/30/04
Lisa Reiss, Pearl Productions 08/17/07
Salaam Remi, Composer, producer, musician and label executive. 01/08/14
David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 08/23/09
Alison Richard, Universal Orlando Resort 05/06/05
Kelli Richards, The All Access Group 02/07/12
Gary Richards, HARD Events 08/29/13
Sam Righi, Waterfront Entertainment Group 05/30/03
Jon Rinaldo, Joker Productions 01/02/04
Geary Rindels, Geary Rindels Enterprises, Inc. 12/05/03
Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI 01/18/08
Lisette Rioux, Island Def Jam Music Group 05/16/03
Dave Roberge, Everfine Records & Everfine Artist Management 12/03/04
Sandy Roberton, Worlds End Producer Management 02/20/09
Ty Roberts, Gracenote 01/31/12
Bill Rogers, BRE Presents 07/13/07
Ian Rogers, Topspin Media 06/01/10
Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic 12/19/13
Dave Rose, Deep South Entertainment 09/15/06
Eric Rosen, Ronald S. Bienstock & Associates 05/25/01
Stuart Ross, The Ross Group 02/23/01
David Ross, President IAAM; Director, Show Me Center 09/23/05
Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall 02/28/03
Michael Rothschild, Landslide Records 04/29/05
Robert Rowland, Red Entertainment 06/13/08
Bill Royston, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival 03/07/03
John Rudolph, Bug Music 05/24/10
Elizabeth Rush, E.R.A. / Elizabeth Rush Agency 08/20/04
Aran Rush, Expo and Foro Imperial 02/16/07
Maurice Russell, Harry Fox Agency 10/21/05
Barron Ruth, Skyline Music 02/14/03
Andrea Sabata, Skyline Music 01/07/05
Numa Saisselin, Count Basie Theatre, Inc. 02/04/05
Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions 01/16/10
David Salidor, dis Company 07/20/07
Shaw Saltzberg, S. L. Feldman and Associates 06/21/10
Bruce Allen & Sam Feldman, A&F Music 12/19/08
Mark Samuels, Basin Street Records 06/11/04
Jacqueline Saturn, Harvest Records 01/21/15
Tamara Saviano, American Roots Publishing 07/22/05
Tamara Saviano, Author, journalist, and producer 08/18/16
Michael Scafuto, Mountain High Entertainment 12/07/01
Steve Schankman, Contemporary Productions 12/21/01
Steve Scharf, Carlin America 10/11/02
John Scher, Metropolitan Talent 11/21/08
Al Schmitt, Producer/Engineer 02/13/10
Bobby Schneider, Tour Coordinator, Third Eye Blind 01/31/03
Jake Schneider, Madison House 04/02/14
Steven Schnur, EA Music Group 07/03/13
Elaine Schock, Shock Ink 02/19/10
Stacy Schott, Mad Booking and Events 08/22/03
Daylle Schwartz, Revenge Productions 08/19/05
Dean Sciarra, ItsAboutMusic.com 11/26/04
Joel Selvin, Author and Journalist 08/07/14
Jay Sendyk, Sendyk, Leonard & Company, Inc. 05/03/02
Peter Shapiro, Ideal Entertainment 04/16/04
Seth Sheck, Access Pass & Design 01/03/03
Seth Sheck, ACCESS Event Solutions 06/22/16
Seth Shomes, The Agency Group 11/12/14
Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation 07/18/03
Anya Siglin, The Ark 03/05/10
Bill Silva, Bill Silva Entertainment 10/19/10
Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Entertainment 03/06/12
Steve Simon, Clear Channel Communications 05/14/04
Ralph Simon, Live Earth 07/06/07
Ralph Simon, Mobilium 04/12/11
Michael Simon, The Harry Fox Agency 08/14/13
Ron Simpson, RCS Productions 01/11/08
John Simson, SoundExchange 07/15/05
Dion Singer, Warner Bros. 12/07/09
Gram Slaton, The Community Arts Center 02/25/05
Owen Sloane, Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner & Sloane 10/11/10
Peter Smidt, Eurosonic Noorderslag & manager Buma Cultuur 07/17/13
Garrison Snell, Gyrosity Projects 02/23/17
Mike Snider, Paradigm Talent Agency Nashville 05/17/11
Andrew Snowhite, Musictoday 05/04/01
Bruce Solar, The Agency Group 05/14/14
Nikki Solgot, Circle Talent Agency 02/18/15
Michael Solomon, Brick Wall Management 05/25/07
Mark Sonder, Mark Sonder Productions 07/25/08
Steve Sonnier, UIC Pavilion at the University of Illinois, Chicago 09/03/04
Kathy Spanberger, peermusic 06/20/12
Carolyn Specht, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. and OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/26/04
David Spelman, New York Guitar Festival 10/01/04
Jason Spiewak, Rock Ridge Music 04/07/06
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 11/29/12
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 02/18/05
Jeremy Stephan, Ventures, LLC 04/23/04
Walter Stewart, Mars Talent Agency 02/21/03
Gail Stocker, Gail Stocker Presents 11/12/04
Jon Stoll, Fantasma Productions 10/13/00
Jesse Stoll, AEG 06/27/09
Henry Stone, Henry Stone Music 06/24/05
Jason Stone, Live Nation New York 03/31/06
Howard Stovall, Resource Entertainment Group 05/28/04
Cameron Strang, New West Records 10/18/02
Don Strasburg, AEG Live Rocky Mountains 02/27/09
Barbara Strauss, Sovereign Ventures 05/12/06
Richard Stumpf, Cherry Lane Publishing 08/07/06
Patrick Sullivan, RightsFlow 10/25/11
Bernie Swain & Harry Rhodes, Jr., Washington Speakers Bureau 12/07/00
Dean Swett, Paramour Group 06/14/02
Jake Szufnarowski, Rocks Off 05/02/08
Marc Tanner, Chime Entertainment 12/22/06
Donald Tarlton, The Donald K Donald Group 04/12/02
Tess Taylor, Los Angeles Music Network 08/09/02
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Chris Taylor, Taylor 03/15/09
Peter Tempkins, DeWitt Stern Group 03/16/01
Peter Tempkins, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 03/27/09
Lisa Tenner, Tenner & Associates (EAT'M) 08/06/01
Jeremy Tepper, Diesel Only Records 10/10/03
Allan Tepper, Bicycle Music Company 09/28/07
Martin Terefe, Kensaltown Studios 05/31/11
Milun Tesovic, MetroLeap Media 10/18/09
Mandar Thakur, Times Music 08/06/15
Jerry Thompson, Promoter Line Inc. 03/05/04
Jose Tillan, MTV Networks Latin America 12/02/05
Jon Tiven, Hormone Studios 08/05/05
Rob Tonkin, Marketing Factory 12/17/15
John "J.T." Toomey, 25/8 Management 11/15/11
Livia Tortella, Warner Bros. Records 01/10/12
Phil Tripp, IMMEDIA! 01/19/06
Claudio Trotta, Barley Arts Promotion 11/26/01
Chris Tsakalakis, StubHub 01/11/10
Ben Turner, Graphite Media 05/10/10
Steve Vai, Favored Nations Entertainment 04/26/02
John Valentino, Fantasma Productions 04/18/03
John Valentino, AEG Live SE 11/01/10
Don Van Cleave, Coalition of Independent Music Stores 04/09/04
Casey Verbeck, Partners in Music 06/06/03
David "Boche" Viecelli, The Billions Corporation 04/18/10
Marsha Vlasic, Artist Group International 05/31/17
Mat Vlasic, Bravado 06/28/17
Ray Waddell, Billboard Magazine 08/27/04
Rob Waggener, Foundations Recovery Network 03/07/11
Jim Walczak, Racine Civic Centre 06/03/05
Jeff Walker, The AristoMedia Group 08/16/10
Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music 11/04/05
Russell Wallach, Live Nation Network 03/20/12
Steve Walter, The Cutting Room 10/24/08
Neil Warnock, The Agency Group 05/02/09
Diane Warren, Realsongs 08/14/09
Butch Waugh, RCA Label Group Nashville 01/10/03
Lauren Wayne, The State Theatre 05/09/12
Kirt Webster, Webster PR 02/03/16
Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle Media 04/22/05
Bruce Weinstein, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 02/15/08
Larry Weintraub, Fanscape 05/18/01
Pam Weiser, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 10/11/11
Kevin Welk, Welk Music Group 01/24/12
D-J Wendt, Dmand Management 05/09/08
Alison Wenham, Worldwide Independent Network 02/13/09
Bill Werde, Billboard 08/03/11
Joel Whitburn, Record Research 11/13/09
Judd White, Tour Manager/Accountant 02/13/04
Jeff White, In Ticketing 12/16/06
Adam White, Author 09/14/16
Adam Wilkes, AEG Live Asia 10/13/16
Fenton Williams, 04/04/08
Del Williams, Right Arm Entertainment 04/18/08
Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Cash Money Records 09/13/11
Paul Williams, ASCAP 10/19/11
J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment 10/03/12
Kurt Willms, Green Room Productions 09/20/03
Chris Wilson, Heartbeat Records 03/02/07
Tony Wilson, Factory Records/In The City 06/01/07
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency 07/26/10
John Wiseman, XL Touring Video 05/05/06
Thom Wolke, Twincloud.com 02/08/02
Michael Wood, City Lights Entertainment 08/08/08
Keith Wortman, Blackbird Presents 03/22/17
Nigel Wright, Independant Record Producer 11/07/03
Dusty Wright, CultureCatch.com 07/27/07
Jeremiah “Ice” Younossi, A-List Talent 09/20/09
Gail Zappa, The Zappa Family Trust 10/02/14
Kevin 'Chief' Zaruk, Chief Music Management 06/10/15
Ron Zeelens, RAZco Visas 04/20/01
Rick Zeiler, Sidney Frank Importing Company 06/04/04
Danny Zelisko, Live Nation 06/19/09
Hillary Zuckerberg, Brick Wall Management. 07/09/04
Steve Zuckerman, Global Entertainment and Media Summit 03/22/02
Paul Zullo, Muze 01/23/04
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